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ACU’s Dr. Mimi Barnard named CCCU vice president for professional development and research

By Floyd Miller



Abilene Christian University’s Dr. Miriam “Mimi” Barnard, director of Faculty Enrichment, has accepted a position as vice president of professional development and research for the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities . The CCCU, located in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit organization that provides more than 100 programs and services to meet the unique needs of Christian colleges and universities.Barnard will begin her new role for the CCCU July 26. As vice president of professional development and research, she will provide leadership and oversight to the professional development and research programs. She will direct services and personnel that collaborate with volunteer leaders and will support a host of ventures to strengthen the growth and development of leaders for Christian higher education. “We offer our congratulations to Dr. Barnard as she moves to the national office of CCCU to serve as vice president for professional development,” said Dr. Dwayne VanRheenen, provost at ACU. “She has made significant contributions to ACU in a variety of roles: the director of faculty enrichment, director of residence life education and housing, director of learning communities and of course as a faculty member in English and in Higher Education. Central to all of her work has been the growth and development of students inside and outside of the classroom.” Barnard, a 1981 ACU graduate, began her career at ACU as an instructor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication in 1990. She received a master’s degree from St. Mary’s University and her teaching certificate from the University of Dallas in 1987. Barnard earned a doctorate from the University of North Texas, and became an assistant professor of English at ACU in 2001.In 2002, Barnard was named the director of Residence Life Education and Housing. Barnard assumed her current role of director of Faculty Enrichment in connection with the Adams Center for Teaching Excellence in 2007. {{more}}”We are blessed and honored to have Dr. Barnard join us at the Council,” said Dr. Paul Corts, president of the CCCU. “She has a strong academic pedigree and is in tune with the tides of professional development and Christian higher education. We look forward to working with her to increase the CCCU’s value for our constituents.”She is married to Dr. Wayne Barnard , and they have two children, Katie and Colin, both students at

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